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  • Arts Advocacy Day 2018: Know Before You Go

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/05/2018

    Arts Advocacy Day 2018: Know Before You Go

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    March 12-13, 2018 in Washington, DC

    Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for our annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. Visit the website!

    To view the Arts Advocacy Day 2018: Know Before You Go video, please select "View Video" on the right.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices in the Public Art Process

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/26/2018

    In this new series, Americans for the Art’s Public Art Network will line up experts on current topics and trends for our public art members and the field. Held quarterly, these virtual conversations will allow attendees to learn from experts who are knowledgeable on specific issues.

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    February 26,2018 at 1:00PM

    In this new series, Americans for the Art’s Public Art Network will line up experts on current topics and trends for our public art members and the field. Held quarterly, these virtual conversations will allow attendees to learn from experts who are knowledgeable on specific issues.

    Learning Objectives:

    Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the public art selection process have a growing interesting to professionals and artists alike. Taken from the Public Art Network Listserv, the topic of DEI will be addressed in this virtual conversation to provide another form of discussion on this important issue.

    After registering, be sure to check out further resources in the tabs above.

    To find more resources on Cultural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion visit the Public Art Resource Center at www.AmericansfortheArts.org/PARC

    Presenters:

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    Julie Muney Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis

    Website: www.indyarts.org

    Email: jmoore@indyarts.org


    Julia Moore is an arts administrator, curator, educator, and art historian. She has curated, selected, and managed public art projects since 2000. Driven by a belief that public art should both inspire and reflect its community, Julia’s favorite projects are those that challenge traditional approaches to bring a mixture of surprise, thoughtfulness and joy into public space.

    At the Arts Council, Julia oversees community and civic public art projects, public art master planning, and ongoing programming to improve artists’ capacity to create public art. She is currently developing a new Public Art for Neighborhoods program with the City of Indianapolis, integrating both grant funding for neighborhood organizations and percent-for-art-style installations in private development.

    Prior to her work at the Arts Council, she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Artist Services at the Indianapolis Art Center, curating over 250 gallery and public projects in 14 years. As the Public Art Administrator for Blackburn Architects, Inc., she oversaw the selection, fabrication and installation of public art in new construction; key projects included developing multi-million-dollar public art programs for Indianapolis International Airport and Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, and planning public art for cultural districts and other civic initiatives. Julia has also taught art history and art appreciation at colleges and universities in Central Indiana. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, in addition to a M.B.A. from Ball State University.

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    Amina K. Cooper, Manager of External Affairs and Public Art, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

    Website: www.creativemoco.com
    Email: amina.cooper@creativemoco.com

    Amina has spent the past ten years developing strategies that increase the capacity of community-based artists and arts organizations. Since 2015, she has served as a curator and public arts manager at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), the region’s designated local arts agency. Montgomery County’s public art program was initiated over 30 years ago and has grown to roughly 300 public artworks and 500 contemporary works on paper over time. In her role, Amina helps to lead conservation, maintenance, policy development and commissioning for the county. She also curates and manages the county’s gallery and exhibition space. Amina is interested in expanding cultural equity, leading research, community outreach and fundraising planning for public art projects in underserved communities. With an interest in new and best practices, Amina has helped to develop the programs’ new strategic plan and public art guidelines. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University.

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    Caroline Vincent, Public Art & Placemaking Director, Metro Arts

    Website: artsnashville.org  
    Email: caroline.vincent@nashville.gov

    Caroline is the Director of Public Art and Placemaking for the city of Nashville. The city’s Percent for Public Art program recently dedicated its 50th artwork in the collection. She currently oversees more than 40 active public art and community projects annually. In addition to the Percent for Art program, Vincent manages partnerships with multiple city agencies including a new focus on transportation and transit-related projects, as well as an artist training program called Learning Lab, which was initially funded via a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. She also supervises a micro-fund program called THRIVE that has supported more than 350 artists and 100 community projects over the last 4 years. In 2016 and 2017, she led a city-wide public art planning process that resulted in a Public Art Community Investment Plan that positions public art as a community investment tool for neighborhood transformation, creative workforce development and equitable practices throughout the city. Vincent has 18 years’ experience as a curator and consultant in public art programs, galleries and with corporate clients. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia.

  • February 2018 Member Briefing: Legislative Updates and Next Steps on Charitable Giving and the NEA

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/20/2018

    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    February 20, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    One of the benefits you’re entitled to as an #AFTAmember is direct access to our staff when you need it most. Join our staff on February’s member-exclusive briefing call on February 20th at 3pm. We’ll update you on the Charitable Giving implications of the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act and the proposal to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Bridget Woodbury at bwoodbury@artsusa.org.

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number:326390.

    Presenters:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Senior Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

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    Christina Ritchie, Director of Individual Giving, Americans for the Arts

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    Kate McClanahan, Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

  • Member Briefing: A Closer Look at the Aesthetics Perspective Framework and Measuring Impact

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    About the Member Briefing

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 818022.


    Presenters:

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    Pam Korza, Co-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

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    Barbara Schaffer BaconCo-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

    Moderator:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts


  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Erie, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Nonprofit Partnership
    609 Walnut Street
    Erie, PA | 16502

    Date and Time: Monday, February 12th at 10:00AM

  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Johnstown, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Black Box Theater at Bottle Works
    411 Third Avenue
    Johnstown, PA | 15906

    Date and Time:Tuesday, February 13th at 3:00PM

  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Greensburg, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Westmoreland Museum of American Art
    211 North Main Street
    Greensburg, PA | 15601

    Date and Time: Tuesday, February 13th at 10:00AM

  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Pittsburgh, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
    810 Penn Avenue, 7th Floor
    Pittsburgh, PA | 15222

    Date and Time: Monday, February 12th at 6:30PM

  • #ArtsEdChat - Early Childhood Education

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Early Childhood Education has been the focus of significant federal, state and local investment in recent years; the arts education community must be well versed in this work. As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward. The #ArtsEdChat on Early Childhood Education provides a forum for introductory learning about this growing trend.

    virtualmeeting.jpgAbout this Virtual Conversation

    As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward. Use #ArtsEdChat and #ECE to follow the conversation.

    Tuesday, January 9th: #ECE

    Early Childhood Education has been the focus of significant federal, state and local investment in recent years; the arts education community must be well versed in this work.  As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward. The #ArtsEdChat on Early Childhood Education provides a forum for introductory learning about this growing trend.

    Use #ECE and #ArtsEdchat to follow the conversation.

    Host

    Jeff M. Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

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    Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal supporters of arts education to become effective advocates to advance policies supportive of equitable access to arts education for all students.

    In his role at Americans for the Arts, Jeff has trained over 10,000 advocates in all 50 states.  He was also been instrumental in the publication of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, a leader in the creative youth development movement, and a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative. Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was a chief advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities.

    Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.

    How to Participate 

    This virtual conversation will be held on twitter. To participate make sure you have an active twitter account, on the set time either click on the right hand panel link or search #ArtsEdChat on twitter to follow the conversation, and use #ArtsEdChat and the topics hashtag (e.g #ECE) when contributing to the conversation. 

    Register to receive a reminder of the event and receive notification of future twitter chats. 

    Click the register button on the top right.

    You do not have to be a member of Americans for the Arts to register - you just need to use your existing Americans for the Arts main site login credentials (or create one). 

     Twitter Chat Tips: 

    • Follow the moderator (@JeffMPoulin
    • Be sure to reply to the original question tweet – it helps the flow of the conversation. 
    • Reply using A1 (for Q1, and so on) to help the clarity of the conversation. 
    • Include links to subjects you reference (like reports, websites, resources, etc). Be sure to use shortlinks through bit.ly 
    • ALWAYS use the hashtags #ArtsEdChat and the topics hashtag (e.g. #JuvenileJustice)
  • Tools of the Trade: What Happens After a Disaster? Help Self-Employed Artists and More

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Recent disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in California underscore the need to support and strengthen our national recovery framework, including tool recovery for self-employed workers, such as musicians, carpenters, landscapers, and craft artists.

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    Recent disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the wildfires in California underscore the need to support and strengthen our national recovery framework, including tool recovery for self-employed workers, such as musicians, carpenters, landscapers, and craft artists.

    For several years, CERF+, the nation's leading nonprofit organization focused on safeguarding artists' livelihoods, has been pursuing a change in FEMA regulations to allow self-employed workers to be eligible for tool replacement under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance. Current FEMA regulations explicitly state that self-employed workers are ineligible for this important assistance. To be clear, we are talking about workers who work alone or with one or two assistants, such as musicians, carpenters, surveyors, photographers, craft artists, and more.

    Small businesses of a larger scale are often better served by current Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance. But, individual workers tend to fall through the crack between SBA and FEMA assistance. They often receive no help at all. After a disaster, we know that it is imperative that workers quickly secure the tools they need to earn a living so they can salvage their businesses. Data shows that this would also be a cost-saving measure for the government by enabling self-employed workers to get back to work more quickly and stay off public assistance during disaster recovery.

    Join this webinar to learn more about this work, the problem, the solution (which is included in legislation pending before Congress: Section 108 of the CREATE Act, S.661/H.R.1649), and how you can help!

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn about the work that's occurred
    2. Understand the problem & situation, and how artists are impacted
    3. Find out how you can help enact change

    Presenters:

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    Craig Nutt, Adviser on Policy and Government Relations, CERF+

    Twitter:@NuttCraig, Website: www.CERFplus.orgEmail: cn@cerfplus.org

    For over a decade, Craig Nutt has divided his time between his studio practice and working for CERF+ to build a better safety net for artists in the United States. CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985, and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ is readiness, relief, and resilience for studio artists, ensuring that they are as protected as the work they create. Craig lives and works in Tennessee.

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    Ann S. Graham, Executive Director, Texans for the Arts

    Twitter:@TXfprtheArts, Website: www.TexansfortheArts.comEmail: info@texansforthearts.com

    Ann S. Graham brings a strong set of leadership skills to her work as the Executive Director of Texans for the Arts. Texans for the Arts is a non-partisan, statewide arts advocacy organization that organizes advocacy efforts in order to protect and increase public funding for the arts at the state, national, and local levels and provides coordinated information about legislative activity related to arts issues. Ms. Graham has an extensive career in arts management and organizational development, arts festival and event production, public art administration, and arts advocacy. She has demonstrated a deep passion for the arts and the role that they play in building and strengthening our communities.